Terra Tech is building a network of local farmers who grow living herbs and leafy greens for local grocery stores across the country, and plans to change the seed to cannabis where and when possible. CEO Derek Peterson saw the potential of the marijuana industry more than five years ago and after making a personal choice to leave his decade-long career in investment banking, he founded the Irvine, Calif.-based company that focuses on local farming and medical cannabis.

The United States Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of food insecurity among American households barely decreased from a high of 14.9 percent in 2012 to 14.3 percent in 2013. In 2013, 17.5 million households were food insecure (14.3 percent) and 6.8 million households (5.6 percent) had very low food security, which was also essentially unchanged from the 5.7 percent in 2011 and 2012, according to the USDA report.

Burger King this week announced its purchase of Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move the company says could help it gain marketshare of the increasingly popular breakfast and coffee segment. But was that the main incentive?

Sugar-sweetened beverages are in the hot seat again as lawmakers propose a tax increase that would use the revenue to prevent, treat and research diet-related health conditions.

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